Dr. Glen Sharpe Associate Professor, Schulich Faculty of Education, Nipissing University
Dr. Glen Sharpe,
Associate Professor, Schulich Faculty of Education, Nipissing University
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Member of the Mohawks of The Bay of Quinte



Describe your job in just under four sentences.
I work with teacher candidates in their training and certification to teach in Ontario. I’m actively involved in course development (Legal and Social Foundations in Education, Classroom Management and Diversity and Inclusion) and implementation. One of my chief responsibilities includes mentoring teachers as they transition into the teaching profession.

What sparked your interest to work in this industry?
I work with teachers and students because of the relationships I’m able to maintain and the immense satisfaction I get when I can help my teachers in any way possible.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy learning as much from my students as they do from me. I have worked with musicians, elders, painters, children and adults from all walks of life. The interaction with unique individuals makes my job invigorating and always changing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I will surely be volunteering, teaching, and being as active as possible!

5. What does success look like to you?
Success to me is centred on perseverance. I have always been a “second attempt” student and professional. I did not get into my BEd, MEd or doctoral degree programs respectively on the first attempt. I had to try a second time and I was successful. It was important for me not to give up and to push try again. Doing so has made all of the difference for me as a student and as a professional.

What has been the most outstanding moment in your career thus far?
I have been very fortunate in my career. Being recognized by Nipissing University as a Distinguished Alumni member was very gratifying as was an award I received from the Aboriginal Circle of Educators for my work as a researcher and for my efforts in curriculum development. I am also very grateful for my APAC inclusion here.

Do you volunteer? If so, where and why is that important to you?
Yes, I do volunteer as much as I can. I have worked with the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Cassellholme Home for the Aged, the INDSPIRE Rivers to Success program and as a member of the board of directors for First Nations Technical Institute. It is very important to me to support those who may need help. I’m very happy to help. My volunteer work has been very rewarding.

Do you have any advice for other Aboriginal professionals in Canada?
I would suggest that everyone needs a mentor to help guide them. Find a person that you can trust in your profession and that you feel comfortable with and ask them the questions you need answered in order to move forward. I have had many mentors over the years and they have been instrumental in my professional development.

What do you think is the most unique challenge for an Aboriginal person in your industry?
Making that first step in any endeavour is difficult. Make that step (with help) and take each step individually. Setbacks are part of the process and it’s important to embrace them and to learn from them.

What made you interested in joining the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada and why would you encourage others to join?
I enjoy meeting with like-minded individuals who want to give, network and learn from one another.